Tangerine & Thyme Martini cocktail – a refreshing vodka martini with fresh tangerine juice and sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup.

Tangerine & Thyme Martini - refreshing vodka martini, fresh tangerine juice, sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup

Now that Shawn and I live on so much land, we are excited to plant a huge garden this spring. We’ve also dreamt of planting citrus fruit trees around the property. I cook with a lot of citrus, and would love to be able to walk outside and pick them fresh from our own trees.

I was at Costco last week, and they had little lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine trees for only $17 each. I took a picture of the planting directions to show Shawn when I got home to see if they would work on our property, assuming I could buy them later in the week.

Why, oh why, didn’t I just buy the plants then?

Tangerine & Thyme Martini - refreshing vodka martini, fresh tangerine juice, sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup

On Saturday morning we decided to head to Costco to buy a few of the trees to plant. By the time we got there, all that was left was grapefruit trees.

Tangerine & Thyme Martini - refreshing vodka martini, fresh tangerine juice, sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup

Then the never-ending citrus tree search began. We stopped by Home Depot, and they had lemon and lime trees, but they were almost $40 each. Convinced I could find some for a better price somewhere else, the search continued. We then drove to another Costco a few towns away. They were all out too. So was Lowe’s. And so was our local garden center store.

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After stopping by 5 stores, we headed home with no citrus trees. A cocktail was very needed.

Even though I don’t my own citrus trees yet, I made this delicious tangerine & thyme martini with some gorgeous tangerines I bought at the farmers market. Citrus with the leaves still on just taste better.

Tangerine & Thyme Martini - refreshing vodka martini, fresh tangerine juice, sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup

A citrus and herb drink is my favorite kind of cocktail. I love the combination of the tart from the tangerine with the earthy herb aroma from the thyme. To give the martini a touch of sweetness, I made a honey thyme simple syrup.

I made this tangerine & thyme martini again last night for my sister and I to sip while watching the Oscars. Even though we watched it on the couch in our pajamas, we felt very fancy drinking our martinis.

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Tangerine & Honey Thyme Martini


  • Author: Tastes Lovely
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
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Ingredients

Honey Thyme Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 10 sprigs of thyme

Tangerine & Honey Thyme Cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Juice from 1 tangerine, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon honey thyme simple syrup
  • spring of thyme for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and honey to a boil. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Keep an eye on it, the simple syrup will bubble up as soon as it starts boiling. Pour the warm simple syrup into a glass container and add the sprigs of thyme to steep. Transfer to the fridge to cool.
  2. In a martini shaker, combine all the cocktail ingredients with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

 

Tangerine & Thyme Martini - refreshing vodka martini, fresh tangerine juice, sweetened with a honey thyme simple syrup

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